Capital Cellars Celebrates the Candlelight Tradition!

by Jonathan Gaby on November 7, 2017

It’s that time again where we begin the holiday season of Thanksgiving and Christmas here in our Downtown Frankfort district. Beginning Thursday, November 9th, the Downtown area will be all aglow with special events, sales, and promotions to showcase what our Downtown has to offer!

We are participating in our own way, with a whole host of things we’re doing during this special weekend.

Thursday, November 9

On Thursday we are excited to bring you the gymnasts of Elements Gymnastics for a fundraiser. These young gymnasts will offer hot cocoa and baked goods for you to enjoy! If you’re looking for special music, come on and see us too because we’ll have special music! (We’re still working out the contracts and can’t announce just yet!) Finally, we’re shifting our wine tasting so it’s from 5pm – 8pm.

Friday, November 10

On Friday you’ll want to come out and enjoy our one of a kind Global Hot Dog Bar. We’ll have lots of different hot dogs for sale and a wide range of toppings with a world wide flair! You won’t want to miss this! We’ll have everything ready for you at 5:30pm and we’ll sell until the last dog is sold. You can get a hot-dog inside and outside! Finally, we’re really happy to have Ryan Bomgardner from Talon Winery for a wine tasting featuring wines from Talon!

Saturday, November 11

On Saturday we’re really getting in the spirit! At 6pm we’ll be part of the Downtown Cocktail Stroll. Over 15 restaurants and bars will take part and put together cocktails for folks to try! We’ll have a variety of special drinks! And what is great with cocktails? Appetizers! Finally, we’ll have Steve Frazee provide special music to patrons inside on our piano! We’re sure you’ll be in the holiday spirit with Steve on keys!

We hope to see you this weekend! For a more complete calendar of other events, visit the Downtown Frankfort Website!

Wine Tasting with AAUW

by Jonathan Gaby on November 3, 2017

Tonight at Capital Cellars we will team up with the ladies of the Kentucky Chapter of the American Association of University Women for a fundraising wine tasting to help raise awareness of and funding for scholarships for young women heading off to university.

Anyone who wants to enjoy sampling new wines in celebration of women and learn more about work being done on behalf of women and girls in the Bluegrass.

Event proceeds benefit AAUW Bluegrass Central Branch’s programs and scholarships that support equity and education for women and girls.

Enjoy tasting wines chosen especially to celebrate women, savor delicious hors d’oeuvres, and take a chance two prizes — (1) Wine Fancier Survival Kit and (2) A Taste of the Bluegrass (collection of gift cards to area food and beverage establishments). Additionally, women who produce wines in the Bluegrass will be on hand to explain their wines.

Wine tasting is $10 to sample six wines selected especially to celebrate women. Must be 21 to attend.

Celebrity wine-tenders (still being finalized) will be on hand to serve and explain the wines being sampled.

Opportunity to meet women (and men) who enjoy the company others who support phenomenal educational opportunities for women and girls.

No advance ticket sales.

Welcome To November Wine Tasting

by Jonathan Gaby on November 2, 2017

By now October is long gone and we are welcoming November to our calendars. With November coming on we are looking forward to The Candlelight Tour next week.

WT - Welcome to November Wine Tasting: Stonebrook Winery Black Knight Blackberry Wine Santa Ema 2013 Merlot Reserva Tornino Mediterraneo 2014 Chenin Blanc Benchmark Old No. 8 Egg Nog

This week we invite you to come to our Thursday evening wine tasting from 4-7. This week, we will obviously taste wine, but we have a surprise thrown in as well!  We will taste:

Stonebrook Winery Black Knight Blackberry Wine
“Blackberry with a kick. Port style, rich and decadent with a hint of brandy. For those who like something a little more adventurous.” – Stonebrook Winery

Santa Ema 2013 Merlot Reserva
“Our Merlot comes from chosen grapes from the Cachapoal Valley.  It has an intense red color and an exceptional and intense aroma that recalls black fruits, spices and a bit of tobacco. In the mouth it is silky and pleasant, with good balance and persistent finish.” – Santa Ema Wines

Tonnino Mediterraneo 2014 Chenin Blanc
“The Mediterraneo is intense and shining in color with scents reminiscent of the Mediterranean like peach and honey intertwined with sweet jasmine flowers. After racking, the wine is matured in stainless steel tanks and then in oak tonneaux before bottling. The grapes are then vinified with a ten day maceration at controlled temperatures. Pairs well with Fish and White Meats like Chicken or Veal.” – Classico Wines

Benchmark Old No. 8 Egg Nog
We’re tasting a bit of spirit in advance of our Candlelight Tour happening next week. This delightful liquor is sure to put you in the holiday mood! A creamy delightful egg nog blended with McAfee’s Benchmark Old #8 Bourbon to give it a little kick.

Whiskey Wednesday – Flavored Whiskeys

by Jonathan Gaby on November 1, 2017

Yesterday was Halloween and by now hopefully you’ve sorted through your children’s candy and “checked it for appropriateness” and maybe even flat out stole your favorite candies from your kids. We’re sure you did!

Whiskey Wednesday Flavored Whiskeys: Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey (60 Proof) Jefferson's The Esquire Manhattan Barrel Finished Cocktail (68 Proof) Bird Dog Chocolate Flavored Whisky (80 Proof) MBR Kentucky Pink Lemonade (45 proof)

Now that the festivities are over and you’re now in full swing in candy consumption we’d like to highlight some interesting flavored bourbons for Whiskey Wednesday from 5-8pm (November 1, 2017). And, for you wine drinkers out there, come out and enjoy buy-one-get-one half off of our wines by the glass. And no restaurant fee on bottles of wine!

Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey (60 Proof)
“This distinctive whiskey and chocolate pairings compliment and elevate any occasion. Ballotin Chocolate Whiskey is deliciously smooth, with rich flavors of chocolate fudge mingling with the oak and vanilla undertones of the whiskey.” – Saloon Spirits in Louisville Kentucky

Jefferson’s The Esquire Manhattan Barrel Finished Cocktail (68 Proof)
“The Esquire Manhattan is made with superior Jefferson’s bourbon and a combination of the finest sweet and dry vermouth and barreled bitters and is finished in the original Jefferson’s bourbon barrels in the hills of Kentucky. It’s complex character reflect the great care taken in the selection and finishing process. It is simply a delicious Manhattan, and it doesn’t require and labor or equipment. Just enjoy it as you would any Manhattan: on the rocks, or stirred over ice and served up. Add a cherry or an orange peel, if you like.” – Jefferson’s Bourbon from Louisville, Kentucky

Bird Dog Chocolate Flavored Whisky (80 Proof)
“Bird Dog Chocolate Flavored Whiskey exudes a luscious, rich milk chocolate scent, perfect straight up, on the rocks or in your favorite cocktail. Golden Amber in color and a nose of rich chocolate scents with the hint of bourbon. Smooth, velvety chocolate flavors infuse with natural bourbon notes of vanilla and caramel. Finishes light chocolate with a touch of cocoa.” – Bird Dog Whiskey from Bowling Green Kentucky

MBR Kentucky Pink Lemonade (45 proof)
“The coveted recipe for this fine spirit is crafted with the natural flavors of lemons, strawberries, and cane sugar blended with our always authentic true Kentucky Shine.” – MBR Distillery in Pembroke Kentucky

Pre-Pre-Black Cat Wine Tasting

by Jonathan Gaby on October 26, 2017

It’s almost Halloween! We’re sure that your kiddos are all excited about going Trick-or-Treating and getting a stash of candy. But, what are you excited about? Maybe it’s seeing your friends or family out and about? What about tomorrow’s Black Cat 5K Chase that is happening tomorrow? Have you been training?

Pre-Pre Black Cat Chase Wine Tasting

Tonight we’re having a wine tasting that is fun, whimsical, and devilish! Read more for what we’re tasting. Maybe we’ll be a part of your plans for the weekend!

Chronic Cellars Rosé – Pink Pedals
“Lady Pink rides into town on a fresh summer breeze, and so does this Grenache and Syrah-based Rosé, a bright, crisp, refreshing wine that rolls down a road of watermelon, pomegranate, cantaloupe and cherry Jolly Rancher right to your happy place.” – Chronic Cellars

Terra Romana Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine hails from the carpathian region of Romania, where Vlad the Impaler and Dracula found their home.

“Its deep colour, the overall balance, the taste of red currants, raisins, chocolate and vanilla, and great persistence supported by good acidity make this wine a good “companion” in a cold winter evening. We estimate that, kept under optimal conditions, it has an aging potential of approximately 10 years.” – Serve Wines

Milbrandt Vineyards 2013 Riesling
“This Riesling is well-balanced with aromas and flavors of white peach, Granny Smith apply, Key lime, and a lingering minerality that combine a subtle sweetness with a crisp, refreshing finish. The perfect compliment to any spicy dish!” – Milbrandt Vineyards

Disruption 2015 Chardonnay Washington State
“The Ancient Lakes AVA is one of the coolest areas in Washington State.  It has calcium rich basalt derived soils, packed with caliche and gravel.  The resulting Chardonnay is crisp and clean, with lemon meringue, lime zest and mineral notes.” – Disruption Wine

Halloween-ish Bourbons for Whiskey Wednesday!

by Jonathan Gaby on October 25, 2017

Well, the temperatures are certainly dropping. There’s a chance of snow on Saturday! And, Friday is the Black Cat Chase 5k and the Frankfort Market. Lots of stuff to do downtown for sure! We hope that your plans include coming down to Capital Cellars for a Halloween-ish Whiskey Wednesday!

Halloween-ish Whiskey Wednesday: Slaughter House American Whiskey Blood Oath Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Pact I Straight Edge Bourbon Whiskey Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

We’ve selected some bourbons that have some spooky names for sure, and some that aren’t so bad. We hope that you’ll join us for these new bourbons from 5-8 today to have a flight! Also, we’ll still have our wines by the glass menu at buy-0ne-get-one half off and no restaurant fee on bottles enjoyed in the store!

Slaughter House American Whiskey
“Intense and inviting with caramelized sugar, baking spices, dark fruits, butterscotch and vanilla notes. The palate is smooth, ultra rich and layered. The finish is impressive with honey, toast and loads of caramel.” – The Splinter Group

Blood Oath Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Pact I
“A masterful union of well-bred bourbons. The first, a spicy bourbon with a mash bill favoring rye, barrel aged for a subtle woodiness. This, artfully braided with a smooth, but never soft, wheated bourbon of memorable curves. Finally, a more experienced, oaky bourbon with a rye-based mash. None overpowers the other, agreeing to co-exist in harmony.” – Blood Oath Bourbon

Straight Edge Bourbon Whiskey
“Aromatically intriguing with brown sugar, maple, caramelized oak, exotic spices, orange peel and campfire. The palate is velvety smooth, rich and packed with flavors of brown spice, honey and intense caramel. The complexity is apparent and the finish is persistent, long lasting and focused.” –The Splinter Group

Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
“A homage to the legendary Stitzel-Weller distillery, Blade and Bow Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey uses a unique Solera System aging process to preserve some of the distillery’s oldest whiskey stocks, including some of the last bourbon produced there before it closed in 1992.” – Blade and Bow Whiskey

Weekend Wine Tasting

by Jonathan Gaby on October 20, 2017

The weekend is here and that means you’re planning to enjoy a nice quiet weekend at home or with friends around the TV watching sports or out and about with your children

Weekend wine tasting - 2014 Alta Vista Classic Argentina Torrontes 2015 Macon Villages Chardonnay Chronic Cellars Rosé - Pink Pedals Spellbound Petite Sirah

Whether you’re excited for the game, activities with children, or just crashing on the couch watching Netflix, enjoy a glass of wine while doing so! (where appropriate of course.) Come sample some wines that you might find enjoyable for such occasions from 4-7 tonight!

2014 Alta Vista Classic Argentina Torrontes
“Coming from vineyards in northern Argentina at over 1500 meters high, Classic Torrontés has a suggestive explosion of aromas that recall white roses and grapefruit.  In the mouth is light, floral, delicately balanced and with purposeful fresh acidity.” – Alta Vista Wines

2015 Macon Villages Chardonnay
“Dry and easy to drink, lively and charming, this is a fruity wine with a floral scent and a hint of lemon, the Mâcon Villages should be drunk chilled and rather young.  This wine goes very well with a large range of foods including “hors d’oeuvres”, fried or grilled fish, sea food, goat’s milk cheese, poultry.” – Louis Jadot Wines

Chronic Cellars Rosé – Pink Pedals
“Lady Pink rides into town on a fresh summer breeze, and so does this Grenache and Syrah-based Rosé, a bright, crisp, refreshing wine that rolls down a road of watermelon, pomegranate, cantaloupe and cherry Jolly Rancher right to your happy place.” – Chronic Cellars

Spellbound Petite Sirah
“The real star, and a sleeper selection for sure, is the outstanding 2013 Petite Sirah. This wine has an inky, ruby/purple color, notes of cassis, blueberry, blackberry fruit, incense and camphor. ” – Spellbound Wines

Fall Wines for Fall Wine Tasting!

by Jonathan Gaby on October 19, 2017

As the temperature drops in the month of October undoubtedly you’ll be having more gatherings indoors or maybe you’ll want to have a roaring, crackling fire out back with S’mores or a backyard barbecue. For your next backyard barbecue around the fire, or the cozy indoor meal, don’t forget the wine for you and your guests!

Wine tasting

Tonight we feature new wines for our tasting from 4-7pm at Capital Cellars. You know the right wine is key to your event’s success! Great wine is the difference between an event that is so-so, to one that is superb! We do our part in sharing with you wines for you to sample and the make the best decision for your event! Here’s what we’re sampling tonight:

2014 Alta Vista Classic Argentina Torrontes
“Coming from vineyards in northern Argentina at over 1500 meters high, Classic Torrontés has a suggestive explosion of aromas that recall white roses and grapefruit.  In the mouth is light, floral, delicately balanced and with purposeful fresh acidity.” – Alta Vista Wines

2015 Macon Villages Chardonnay
Dry and easy to drink, lively and charming, this is a fruity wine with a floral scent and a hint of lemon, the Mâcon Villages should be drunk chilled and rather young.  This wine goes very well with a large range of foods including “hors d’oeuvres”, fried or grilled fish, sea food, goat’s milk cheese, poultry.” – Louis Jadot Wines

Purple Cowboy Paso Robles Tenacious Red
“Purple Cowboy wines are a tribute to these winemaking, rodeo-riding cowboys. This gutsy Syrah/Zinfandel/Cabernet Sauvignon blend comes from cowboy wine country, Paso Robles, CA. The grapes are sourced from the eastern side of the AVA, which is warmer, drier and produces fruit-forward, full-bodied wines with soft tannins and balanced acidity.” – Purple Cowboy Wines3

2015 Dreamer Late Harvest Sweet Red Wine
” This wine is a quality rosé wine made with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Aroma displaying notes of of red currant and raspberry. This will perfectly compliment with fruit and light dishes.” – Global Wine House

Great Bourbons for Great Racing

by Jonathan Gaby on October 18, 2017

During the month of October, Keeneland is well underway in their fall meet. The crisp, cool air is perfect for horse racing and enjoying a day at the track! We know that horse racing in Kentucky is the best when paired with a nice cocktail made from Bourbon, or bourbon straight up or on the rocks!

Great bourbons for great racing

We are highlighting bourbons from Lexington that will be a nice addition to a weekend at the track! What are they? Read on more more information about the bourbons we’ve selected!

James E. Pepper 1776 Bourbon
“This bourbon is right at 100 proof and isn’t chill-filtered. The mash bill includes %38 Rye.  You’ll notice a rich bourbon sweetness and Rye spice. Vanilla, Honey, Cloves, and chocolate. Enjoy this bourbon neat, over ice, or in a proper Old Fashioned! This whiskey rocks!” – James E. Pepper Distilling Co.

Pinhook Bourbon
“Hashtag Bourbon is smooth and silky on the palate with notes of crème brulee, toffee, macadamia nuts and maple with a slight spice note. Through a partnership with Bourbon Lane Stable LLC, each unique, limited edition lot of Pinhook Bourbon will showcase one extraordinary thoroughbred’s journey. The bottle’s individually hand-written and letter-pressed label reveals the horse’s statistics and profile.” – Pinhook Bourbon

Bluegrass Distillers Kentucky Wheated Bourbon
“The wheated bourbon’s mash bill is 80% yellow corn, 15% wheat and 5% barley. Being that it is wheated, it has an immense smoothness compared to a ryed bourbon. Ryed bourbon has more of a spice. We get all of our ingredients from Woodford County, KY.” – Bluegrass Distillers

Lexington Bourbon Whiskey
“At 86 proof, Lexington Bourbon combines the highest quality select grains of rye, malted barley and corn with purified water. The rye provides the perfect level of spice, while the malted barley allows the sweetness of the corn to peak through, creating a sensational taste.  The resulting flavor boasts deep aromas of the aged oak with a hint of vanilla.” – Lexington Bourbon

Vanguard Wine Tasting Tonight!

by Jonathan Gaby on October 12, 2017

This week has been all about one thing, Kentucky’s signature beverage, Bourbon. Heading up to this weekend’s Bourbonanza it’s all about the Bourbon. But, we also know that we love our wine.

photo of Clayton Brost, sales rep for Vanguard Wines Clayton Brost, sales rep for Vanguard Wines

Fortunately for you and for us, we have our good friend Clayton Brost, sales rep from Vanguard Wines, to share with you new selections from their portfolio of wines this evening from 4-7 for our Thursday Wine Tasting.

And, don’t forget, you’ll get to meet Al Young from Four Roses Bourbon at our bottle signing and drawing event on Friday, October 13, 2017. We’ll draw promptly at 6PM. Up for grabs is one bottle of the 2017 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Al Young Bourbon!

Well, that’s it for this post. We hope to see you tonight and at our bottle signing tomorrow!